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Boss' Dual Frustrations

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez had two sources of frustration after the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Blues boss was disappointed with his side's quality in the final third and also Palace's continued attempts to slow the game down.

The Toffees were forced to leave south London with just a point with Phil Jagielka's header off the bar the closest they came to a goal.

Martinez said: "You are always looking for perfection, you are always looking for the three points.

"It is frustrating when you go into a football game and the ball takes so long to come back in and there is a lot of stop and start.

"In those sort of games you need to focus and keep concentration and make sure you don't get punished on the counter attack or from dead balls and we did that."

Jagielka's second half effort was a rare clearcut opportunity for the Everton players.

Martinez continued: "You want to take the long spells that we had in possession and make them into chances.

"Sometimes we relied to much on the bounce of the ball. Our quality in attacking play is much better than we showed today, but we will learn from this situation.

"Fair play to Crystal Palace, they were resilient and showed a lot of spirit."

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